I've been a number of the restaurants on the Michelin Bib Gourmand list. While some of them are really good, I've found a number of them to be very "meh" or just plain. I'm wondering how much other folks thought the same. So I thought I'd compare these restaurants to the SF Chronicle and Yelp again.
For those who don't know the ranges for the reviews, they are:
SF Chronicle - 1 to 4 stars, in 1/2 increments
Yelp - 1 to 5 stars in 1/2 increments
There is no grade for Michelin on this list, these restaurants were simply on the "Bib Gourmand" list.
|Boon Eat + Drink||4|
|Brick & Bottle||2.5||3.5|
|flour + water||3||3.5|
|Glen Ellen Star||2.5||4|
|Hachi Ju Hachi||4|
|Hot Box Grill||2||4|
|M. Y. China||2.5||3.5|
|Old Mandarin Islamic||2.5||3.5|
|Sir and Star||3||3.5|
|1601 Bar & Kitchen||2.5||4|
|The Slanted Door||3.0||3.5|
|the girl & the fig||4|
|Willi’s Wine Bar||2||4.5|
* - As of this writing known to be closed.
The first thing that surprised me is how many of the restaurants on the Bib Gourmand list that the San Francisco Chronicle didn't review. Given they are on this Michelin list, presumably the restaurant has enough publicity to warrant a review? Or perhaps the lack of a review is slimply a statement from the Chronicle on the worth of doing a review for a particular restaurant? Then again I may be reading into this too much. The chronicle simply may not have enough reviewers to constantly scour the bay area.
The SF Chronicle grades are perhaps in-line for Bib Gourmand, mostly ranging from 2 to 3 stars. Cotogna, a restaurant in San Francisco which has a lot of buzz, is the only one to get above 3 stars. What is surprising is that two of the restaurants, Bistro Jeanty and Monti’s Rotisserie got only a single star. It's quite the difference compared to Michelin. Bistro Jeanty used to have a Michelin star many years ago, so it's interesting that the Chronicle thinks so lowly of it now.
The reviews from Yelp aren't too surprising. I expected 3.5 to 4 stars for most of them. I was hoping to see one or two of the restaurants dip to 3.0 or even 2.5 stars to see if there was a huge disparity in the reviews. However, for restaurants listed on the Bib Gourmand list, you would expect everyone to presumably get atleast 4 stars on Yelp. So those getting a 3.5 would probably be a disappointment to most.